You should find all the necessary information you require for your stay on Bardsey here. We're looking forward to welcoming you to Bardsey.
The renting week is from Saturday to Saturday, April to October.
A limited number of short breaks are available, please contact us for details.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking.
Full balance payment is due 12 weeks prior to the start of your stay.
Bookings can be made by completing this booking form. (please don't message us to book by text, Whatsapp or on social media as these messages aren't monitored regularly).
Please Note: Bardsey Island is a working farm, with cattle and sheep grazing in the fields near houses and footpaths. Please consider this when booking.
Crossing to Bardsey
The boat fare is additional to the house price and is operated by Mordaith Llŷn from Porth Meudwy. www.bardseyboattrips.com. The cost for 2024 is £60 per person return. Adults, children and babies all pay the same fare.
You are advised to wear waterproofs for the crossing.
Weather permitting, crossings take place on Saturday for weekly visitors - from Porth Meudwy (near Aberdaron). If crossings are delayed because of the weather, you will cross on the first possible fine day following.
The process of transporting passengers and luggage to and from the island is quite complicated and calls for patience and understanding.
Please check boat arrangements prior to your stay by telephoning 07971 769895 on the night before your stay which will give you details of time of crossing. Please call after 6.30pm.
You will be told when to arrive at your embarkation point and you should confirm the number of people in your group or family.
Cars can be parked at owner’s risk at Cwrt farm for a fee of £20 per week. This charge is payable to the farmer, G Roberts on arrival. You don't need to book in advance.
You will be met at Cwrt farm car park and your luggage will be transported to the boat on a trailer; there is a ten-minute downhill walk to the cove at Porth Meudwy from the farm. You may have to wait at the cove for some time before you are able to cross. As there is nowhere for you to shelter at Porth Meudwy, please ensure that you have your waterproofs and some food and drink with you. The crossing will take approximately 20 minutes. If possible, visitors should help to move luggage to and from the boat.
The post code for Cwrt farm is LL53 8DA
Please note: If you reach Cwrt - National Trust, which has a gravel courtyard, you have just passed Cwrt Farm. You'll need to reverse or turn around, it's the next gate up. Also, some Satnavs pass the farm, so please look out for Cwrt on the right hand side, the name is embedded in the gatepost on a slate plaque.
Gwynedd Council public transport information can be found here.
We offer basic self-catering accommodation in a range of houses. None of these houses has electricity, lighting is through LED lamps provided in each house and it is recommended that guests bring their own head torch.
These rustic houses are comfortably furnished. The kitchen includes a gas cooker, solar powered fridge/freezer (smaller undercounter fridge with a freezer compartment in 2 bed properties) and adequate kitchen utensils for the number of occupants each property allows. Crockery, washing up liquid, toilet paper, matches and household cleaning equipment are all provided.
Due to health and safety regulations, the use of candles and tea-lights is not permitted.
Bardsey’s tranquillity is one of the main reasons people come and stay; we therefore kindly ask that all visitors respect this and keep noise to a minimum, especially between the hours of 10pm and 8am.
Under no circumstances may the number of occupiers exceed the maximum occupancy stated on our website. Infants under 2 years of age sleeping in a cot are not counted in the maximum (except for Carreg Bach, which is unsuitable for infants). We reserve the right to refuse admittance if this condition is not observed.
Pets are not permitted on Bardsey Island.
Most houses have a multi-fuel stove in the living room. A stock of fuel is provided for your stay. Additional packs are available for sale from the Island Wardens. Please do not burn driftwood as the salt damages the chimney lining.
Please note that houses without a real fire may get chilly during bad weather.
A cot and highchair are available by prior arrangement at no extra cost.
Compost Toilet Facilities
As these houses have all been maintained closely to their original layout none of the houses have bathrooms. Each house has its own private outside composting toilet, usually situated in the garden. Llofft Plas' toilet is indoors.
Please note that it is your responsibility to empty your own toilet bucket. There is a disposal site for each house.
Each house has cold running water from a mountain spring or well. Please be aware that water is not plentiful and must be used carefully and sparingly.
Page updated January 2024
Cleaning and Refuse
The Bardsey Island Trust operates a self-cleaning policy in its houses. We ask that all guests leave their house in a clean and tidy state ready for the next guests.
We ask guests to take all their refuse and recycling off the island with them. Recycling bins are provided at Cwrt farm on the mainland.
Cancellations and amendments
Once your full balance has been paid we are not able to make a refund in the event of cancellation. In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your booking we will make every effort to re-let your booking. If we are successful, we will be happy to refund your payment with a deduction of £100 for administrative costs. If, however, we are unable to re-let your booking we will not be able to issue you a refund.
If you wish to make changes to your booking e.g. change date or accommodation, an administration fee of £30 will be charged.
The Bardsey Island Trust will make no charge to visitors who are unable to return to the mainland due to delayed crossings or bad weather.
We don’t expect to have to make changes to your booking, however sometimes problems arise, and bookings have to be changed or cancelled. If we are forced to cancel your booking, we will refund the money you have paid us in full.
If you are forced to cancel your visit to Enlli for any reason including bad weather, under no circumstances is the Bardsey Island Trust Ltd liable for loss of funds.
Crossing to Enlli depends very much on the weather and it is occasionally necessary to delay journeys. When this occurs the Trust will not be responsible for any refunds or compensation. You are strongly advised to take out your own insurance policy.
Visitors are advised to take out their own cancellation insurance to provide cover in the case of illness or other insurable event.
Essentials - What should you take with you?
Please keep baggage to a minimum as the boat has only limited hold capacity. Pack all parcels in small easily-handled loads that are sealed and waterproof (use containers or wrap in plastic) and well secured. All belongings should be clearly marked with the name of the house in which you will be staying. Unmarked luggage may be delayed or go astray.
Please bring the following items for your stay on the island:
Footwear and clothing for all weather
Duvet cover for each bed (duvets are provided)
Warm pyjamas, as there is no heating in bedrooms
Towels and washing kit
A good torch and spare batteries - the use of candles and tea-lights is not permitted.
Pack your luggage in small sealed packages which are easy to handle.
Medication - if you use any medication please ensure that you bring extra supplies to last at least another week.
Sufficient food and drink, although you don't need to bring water unless we ask you to (if there has been a drought). There is no grocery shop on the island, except what is available from the farm and café, where evening meals and breakfasts can be booked in advance.
There is a limit to the amount of luggage that can be carried on the boat, however, the following may enhance your Enlli experience:
Pair of binoculars
Fishing rod / bait
Musical instruments (not too big!)
Camera and spare batteries (If you intend on taking any commercial photographs please contact the Bardsey Island Trust)
Mobile phone - Please be aware that you may pick up a mobile phone signal from Ireland which may incur additional charges to your tariff. There is a 4G signal for EE (best) and Vodafone from some areas on the island. There is no electricity to recharge your mobile on the island.
Portable solar charger for smart phones and tablets.
The Bardsey Island Trust does not recommend sailing, kayaking or swimming around the coastline of Bardsey as the strong currents can be very dangerous. Any of these activities are undertaken at your own risk.
The Bardsey Island Trust does not permit the flying of drones, please see the Bardsey Island Trust Drone Policy for further information.
Tŷ Pellaf Farm and Cafe, Bardsey
The café at Tŷ Pellaf farm, run by the Roberts family, serves various drinks, ice cream, snacks and homemade cakes daily.
Tŷ Pellaf is licensed to sell alcohol, reducing the need to bring your supplies with you. See sample menu here. A full breakfast, especially on departure days, at a time to suit you, is available as well as evening meals or takeaways on specific nights (on request).
The Roberts family hope this will enhance your experience and enjoyment of the island. Should you have any special requirements or fancy something completely different, please get in touch to discuss your needs. Various services will be advertised on site weekly.
If you need more details or specific information pertaining to your stay, please get in touch, prior notification of your requirements will help the cafe prepare your order.
As well as the café, the farm sells fresh free-range island eggs, crabs and lobsters boiled or fresh straight off the boat, again please get in touch in advance to check availability and place an order.
To contact Tŷ Pellaf Café, please phone 07535 064943 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org